By Christian Konrad Sprengel (auth.), David G. Lloyd, Spencer C. H. Barrett (eds.)
Studies in floral biology are principally desirous about how plants functionality to advertise pollination and mating. The position of pollination in governing mating styles in plant populations inextricably hyperlinks the evolution of pollination and mating structures. regardless of the shut useful hyperlink among pollination and mating, examine performed for many of this century on those basic elements of plant replica has taken fairly separate classes. This has led to suprisingly little cross-fertilization among the fields of pollination biology at the one hand and plant mating-system experiences at the different. The separation of the 2 components has principally resulted from the various backgrounds and ways followed by means of staff in those fields. such a lot pollination experiences were ecological in nature with a robust emphasis on box learn and till lately few staff thought of how the mechanics of pollen dispersal may well effect mating styles and person plant health. against this, paintings on plant mating styles has usually been carried out in an ecological vacuum mostly without details at the environmental and demographic context during which mating happens. Mating-system study has been ruled by means of inhabitants genetic and theoretical views with strangely little attention given to the proximate ecological elements liable for inflicting a selected development of mating to occur.
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If one hits on the flowering branch of a pine, a hazelbush, or an alder with a stick, then one will produce a large cloud of pollen. If one hits a flowering currant or gooseberry bush, however, no such pollen cloud will appear. The two-lipped flowers do not have more than four anthers, some only two, and therefore can produce only a little pollen; this is completely sufficient for fertilization, however, because this does not occur by wind but by insects. It should be noted, however, that an attempt to convince oneself of the amount of pollen in the flowers of the first kind must take place only in calm weather.
This, however, applies only to flies, aphids, rose beetles, and other lower insects, but certainly not to honey bees and bumble bees which know how to find the nectar of each flower very easily. If a flower has a structure such that raindrops are kept out of its interior, one can expect that it contains nectar. Tubular flowers belong to this category, as do those which are pendulous, particularly if they are also bell-shaped or even cylindrical. Flowers which have a tube contain nectar so frequently that only the false nectar flowers are an exception.
The third is the intention of nature that the insects shall fertilize the flowers, if at the same time one considers the natural position of the insects which is always Discovery of the Secret of Nature in the Structure and Fertilization of Flowers I 33 upright in flight and is usually so while they are walking and standing. Although insects can walk and stand in an inverted position , they will not do so without urgent reason, because it causes them more effort by having to cling in order not to fall off.
Floral Biology: Studies on Floral Evolution in Animal-Pollinated Plants by Christian Konrad Sprengel (auth.), David G. Lloyd, Spencer C. H. Barrett (eds.)